Not too late to join APME/ASNE in Philly!

Reprinted from the APME newsletter. It's going to be a great program and great gathering. Join us!


See you in Philly in 10 days!

The 2016 ASNE-APME News Leadership Conference kicks off in 10 days! Here's how you can get in on it!

1. Need a hotel room? 

We have a limited number of reserved rooms at the $199/night group rate for Sunday,Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 11-13, at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown. If you're attending the conference and need to book your room, then please contact ASNE Senior Information Specialist Megan Schumacher at with your arrival and departure dates. 

2. Have you registered?  

Register for the conference now if you haven't. We have special rates for members of ASNE and APME, including retired members, and current members of AOJ, spouses, students and APME's Regents. 

Lunch tickets are $40 each for Monday and Tuesday, and a VERY limited number of tickets are available for the Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Philadelphia Phillies baseball game at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13. Tickets can be purchased for $32 when you register for the conference.

3. Come for the day  

Is Philly nearby? Then attend any day for just $150. There are discounted parking tickets mentioned below, too. 

4. Two free pre-conference workshops

-- Tools and Techniques for Digital Success: Lessons from the Knight-Temple "Table Stakes" Project

From 1 to 4 p.m.Sunday, Sept. 11, find out whether your newsroom is truly digital-first and positioned to compete for audiences during this pre-conference workshop focused on what it takes to be "in the game of news" in the 21st century. Join project leader Douglas K. Smith and leaders from the four participating newsrooms to learn key questions you should be asking about your newsroom operation and culture, what kind of commitment is needed to transition, and how to use tools and techniques created during the project.

-- Google Tools for Your Newsrooms

 From 1 to 3 p.m.Sunday, Sept. 11, learn about all of the free Google tools that can help your newsroom build  interactive charts, maps, visualizations and more. Tools covered will include Google Trends, Fusion Tables,  MyMaps, Earth, Moon, Google Translate and more. Google also can provide free training in your newsroom.  Led  by Mike Reilley, business director at and Google News Lab trainer. Session materials can be  found here

Both workshops, which require advance registration, are free to those registered to attend the conference. The "Table Stakes" workshop has limited space and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. The Google workshop has no limit on audience size.

To sign up for either workshop, email APME Executive Director Sarah Nordgren at 

5. Getting from the airport to the hotel

The Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, at 1201 Market St., Philadelphia, PA 19107, is located about 10 miles away from Philadelphia International Airport (PHL). The hotel does not provide shuttle service, but you can take a train, grab a taxi or drive. 


From your terminal (A, B, C/D or E/F), take the Airport Regional Rail Line to Jefferson Station. Trains run every 30 minutes and operate from 5:07 to 12:30 a.m. (airport to city) and 4:20 a.m. to 11:40 p.m. (city to airport). 


Click here for information about taxi services from the airport to the Philadelphia metro area.


Refer to this guide for directions to the hotel. 

6. Discounted parking tickets 

We will have discounted parking tickets that you can use at the garage on 12th and Filbert streets, right across from the hotel. The discounted ticket, which you can pick up from our registration desk, will give you 20 percent off your stay when you exit the garage. Regular rates are $31 for 12 hours and $37 for up to 24 hours. Email ASNE Communications Coordinator Jiyoung Won at if you'd like to reserve your discounted parking ticket.

7. Program schedule

Our electronic conference schedule is easy to navigate through a number of sessions and events we have planned for you. 

Two ways to get the most out of this schedule: 

-- Have it handy on your mobile

Go to your browser and in the URL bar, type in For directions on how to bookmark the page on your home screen so that the schedule is always only one click away, click here if you are an iPhone user or here if you are an Android user. 

-- Personalize your schedule 

Sign up for a free account and create a custom schedule of sessions that interest you.

8. Shuttle service between the hotel and opening reception

Sunday, Sept. 11

Werner Coach shuttle buses will be available to/from the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown and the National Constitution Center, where the opening reception will take place. 

From the hotel to the center:

5:30 p.m. 5:45 p.m. 6:15 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 7 p.m. 7:15 p.m. Buses will pick up on 12th Street. 

From the center to the hotel: 

7:30 p.m. 7:45 p.m. 8:15 p.m. 8:30 p.m. 9 p.m. 9:15 p.m. Buses will pick up on Race Street between 5th and 6th streets.

9. Registration desk hours

Sunday, Sept. 11

noon to 5:30 p.m. at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown

5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the National Constitution Center

Monday, Sept. 12

8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown

Tuesday, Sept. 13

7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown

10. Attire

Business casual is fine. 

11. Weather

Click here for the latest weather forecast for Philly!

Sign up for the Murfreesboro NewsTrain before prices go up


If you are planning on attending the NewsTrain in Murfreesboro on Sept. 30/Oct. 1, the discounted hotel rate of $109 a night at DoubleTree in Murfreesboro ends on Thursday Sept. 1.

You can reserve your room here.

The hotel at 1850 Old Fort Parkway operates a free shuttle within a five-mile radius, which includes the workshop site at the Middle Tennessee State University Student Union. There also will be free parking near the Union in the library lot.

Need info on thew NewsTrain? Go here

NewsTrain is a premier journalism training program of the Associated Press Media Editors.

Diversity Scholarships for APME NewsTrain at MTSU

Can't beat this deal!

Journalists, journalism educators and journalism students from diverse backgrounds are invited to apply for a diversity scholarship to attend the Murfreesboro NewsTrain.

Successful applicants for these competitive awards will have their registration fee waived; they must pay their own travel expenses.

Apply by Aug. 25 by answering these questions and emailing your resume and up to three work samples and/or class assignments to Val Hoeppner, director of MTSU's Center for Innovation in Media. Journalism educators need not submit work samples.

The NewsTrain is Sept. 30-Oct. 1, 2016.

Get signed up for the NewsTrain stop in Tennessee


Join us for an APME NewsTrain workshop at Middle Tennessee State University 30-Oct 1 in Murfreesboro. Organizers hope to train 75-100 journalists.

The early bird rate of $75 expires Sept. 1, so register now!

And if you ar a journalism student or educator, you might get to go free! For successful diversity scholarship applicants, the $75 registration fee is waived. Journalism students and journalism educators from diverse backgrounds need to apply by Aug. 25 here. (Winners must pay their own travel expenses.)

NewsTrain training is an incredible bargain and a great way to add new skills.

The podcast "Just Not Sports" tackles the abuse and harassment women sports writers face in online comments with a video of "regular guy" sports fans reading comments to two women sports journalists.

Here is what a post on the podcast's website said about the video:

#MoreThanMean hopes to open guys' eyes - by having them open their mouths. The video shows what happens when real sports fans read real online comments made about women sports reporters ... right to their faces.

In reading the statements out loud to women journalists, guys are forced to experience, sometimes for the first time, the shocking online harassment happening to women in sports day in, day out. It serves as proof most sports fans would NEVER say these things to another person - so we shouldn't type this garbage, either.

Posted April 26, 2016, the video went viral, being seen by 3.15 millions times by Sunday.

Listen to one of the sports journalists in the video, Julie DiCaro, talking about online abuse.

The Guardian is trying to bring "The Web Web Want" and the web we've got closer together in one of the most indepth looks at the negative issues of online comments and how to fix it in a series called "The Web We Want."

The Guardian says it gets 50,000 comments a day, sometimes spiking up to 70,000 a day. It's asking readers for ideas on how to make online conversations -- or at least commenting -- better.

Below, NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with the Guardian's series editor Becky Gardiner and writer Nesrine Malik about the effort.


The American Press Institute has published a new report on paywalls at U.S. newspapers that finds that "everybody''s doing it."

It's a good picture of the landscape if you need the stats, but here's the short version:

The potential revenue generated by digital subscriptions is still murky at best. It is not clear whether digital subscriptions were mostly a "one-time" cash infusion that simply capitalized on the most loyal digital readers who were always willing to pay or if newspapers will be able to consistently persuade more people to sign up in years to come. Newspaper executives are hesitant to disclose financial details about digital subscriptions.

Chicago Tribune

These are trends I've never seen.

For a man leading a digital revolution, Tribune Publishing CEO Jack Griffin is surprisingly sanguine about the enduring value of newspapers.

He believes they're still likely to exist in 10 years, and that 20-somethings will keep picking up the newspaper-reading habit, he said in an interview this week.

Crains Chicago Business

Tribune's PR folks "clarified" his comments a bit to the Vox Media site re/code.

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The Wirecutter may have done the evaluation for you. This week, the site recommended the Sony ICD-UX533 as its pick for "best voice recorder" (just $78 from B&H Photo) The site's criteria was the voice recorder had to cost under a $100.

They trimmed a pool of dozens of recorders down to eight that were looked at closely. Of those, the Sony model was the pick.

Take a look at what it said and how it tested.